New York State tops list of places with highest gun trafficking

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New York State is definitely divided when it comes to gun laws. Some residents want super relaxed gun licensing laws, while others want the state to get rid of guns altogether. I’m sure the debate won’t end anytime soon. But, one thing is not debatable, New York is at the top of the list when it comes to the trafficking of weapons used in crimes.

Virtually all firearms in the United States start out as a legal firearm.

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Tracing Center is the United States government agency that traces the origin of firearms used in crimes. 24/7 Wall St. analyzed tracing data to create a list of states with the most trafficked guns,

To determine the states with the most trafficked guns, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the ATF Gun Trace Data – 2020. The states were ranked by the percentage of guns recovered and traced by the ATF whose origins have been determined to be in another state (not all firearms are traced).

Trafficked legal weapons are used in crimes

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As for the debate over gun laws and whether they actually stop crime, according to American Progress, former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Bradley Buckles , said :

Virtually all firearms in the United States start out as a legal firearm.

Legal firearms, owned by “law-abiding citizens”, typically find their way into the illegal market through straw purchases, secondary sales by private sellers, and thefts by gun owners or dealers. fire arms.

New York among top states where gun trafficking is used in crimes

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New Jersey took the top spot in the most gun-trafficked states with 88.5% of guns recovered from other states. New York is not far behind Jersey.

Of the firearms used in New York crimes that the NFTA has traced, 87.5% were recovered from other states. Georgia is the main supplier of smuggled weapons to New York.

> Total weapons recovered and identified: 7,254 (16th highest)
> State of the best supplier: Georgia (632 weapons in total)
> Violent crime rate: 363.8 per 100,000 (25th lowest)

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